Another week and another ten country classics as our 505 Favorite Country Songs Of the 90’s Countdown rolls on! This week’s list features music from The Mavericks, Pam Tillis, Toby Keith and more! Which song is your favorite? Tell us below!
BORN Country’s 505 Favorite Country Songs of the 90’s!!!
320. The Mavericks – All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down (Featuring Flaco Jimenez)
Album: Music For All Occasions
The second single from The Mavericks’ “Music For All Occasions” has a truly unique sound to it in comparison to not only country music of the 90’s but the majority of the genre. While the accordion is certainly not an instrument that many would connect with country music, “All You Ever Do” is perfect proof against that though. Legendary accordionist joins in with Raul Malo and the boys on this #13 charting hit from 1996.
319. Marty Stuart – This One’s Gonna Hurt You (For A Long,Long Time) w/Travis Tritt
Album: This One’s Gonna Hurt You
“This One’s Gonna Hurt You” is the first of three duets recorded by Marty Stuart and Travis Tritt, otherwise known as “Double Trouble.” While part of me knows that just the occasional duet between these two legends is probably just the right amount, another part wants a full album by them. At least another tour! C’mon guys!
318. Garth Brooks – The Beaches Of Cheyenne
Album: Fresh Horses
I did’t buy “Fresh Horses” when it was first released, despite being a HUGE Garth fan. In fact, it was probably a few years later until I finally added it to my collection. However, I do remember, very clearly, that I heard “The Beaches Of Cheyenne” for the first time at a buddy’s house, possibly over Christmas break in 6th grade. Along with “That Ol’ Wind” really stuck out to me from the album, but that will come a bit later on! “Beaches” was Garth’s fifteenth #1 hit on the Hot Country Songs Chart.
317. Toby Keith – He Ain’t Worth Missing
Album: Toby Keith
It’s pretty wild to think about how long Toby Keith has actually been active in country music. While Toby obviously had some major hits throughout the 90’s, it sometimes feels to me that he didn’t really blow up until the early to mid-2000’s. Man, did Toby have some hair during the 90’s or what?! “He Ain’t Worth Missing” reached #5 on the Hot Country Songs chart.
316. Diamond Rio – Norma Jean Riley
Album: Diamond Rio
Here is a perfect example of a song that I LOVED as a kid but had forgotten all about over the years. This song is just plain fun to sing-a-long with, and who can’t relate with trying to come up with little “tricks” in order to get the attention of a love interest? It’s a shame that no music video was made for this track, as it easily could’ve been a lot of fun. “Norma Jean Riley” peaked at #2 on the U.S. Hot Country Songs chart.
315. John Anderson – Straight Tequila Night
Album: Seminole Wind
“Straight Tequila Night” was John Anderson’s first #1 single since 1983! An 8 year gap between #1 singles in country music (or most genres) is pretty unheard of as far as I know. Despite coming close a few times, Anderson would have only one more #1 throughout the 90’s.
314. Clay Walker – Rumor Has It
Album: Rumor Has It
Clay Walker had just finished recording the album that shares it’s name with this song right before being diagnosed with MS. According to Walker, he believed that this point in his career was where he started putting out his best work, wanting to put a lighter spin, not only on his own life, but for his fans as well. While I of course love his earlier stuff, I absolutely agree that his songs starting “growing” with and after this album. “Rumor Has It” was Walker’s sixth and final #1 hit to date.
313. Reba McEntire – Why Haven’t I Heard From You
Album: Read My Mind
So the song is kind of gimmicky and goofy, but I recall ordering Reba’s album, “Read My Mind” from BMG specifically for this song. In fact, I believe I purchased a Greatest Hits release by Reba prior to this album, and the song wasn’t included! I of course found other songs to enjoy, but THIS was the song I wanted.
312. Pam Tillis – Spilled Perfume
Album: Sweetheart’s Dance
Pam Tillis had a very strong run throughout the 90’s. With only a few minor exceptions, nearly every single released by Tillis charted in the Top 20. “Spilled Perfume” was the first single released from her fourth album, and peaked at #5 on the Hot Country Songs chart. This would pave the way for Pam’s one and only #1 single, which came shortly after.
311. Billy Dean – That Girl’s Been Spying On Me
Album: It’s What I Do
I had the chance to see (and meet!) Billy Dean perform this past winter at a benefit concert. He was very nice in the brief time we were able to get pictures, and his set was truly fantastic. Man, this guy can sing! However, I had only one complaint, and it was that THIS was the only major hit that he didn’t play! Yeah, it was an acoustic show and maybe it wouldn’t have been as great as the studio recording, but I was really hoping to hear it! “That Girl” reached #4 on the Hot Country Songs chart in 1996.
That wraps up another week in our 505 Favorite Country Songs of the 90’s countdown! Hopefully some of the songs included in this edition will strike up some old memories or even better, bring attention to a song you never knew! We have almost made it through 200 songs in our countdown series! I can’t believe how fast this is moving! PLEASE comment below, as we love to read your feedback! If you haven’t already, make sure you visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more updates!